New Forms Of Relaxation and Zen

Finding time to centre yourself and get in the right frame of mind is essential. And it’s become clear that everyone has a slightly unique way of finding their happy place. Sure, there are typical things like yoga, a hot bath, or indulging yourself in some serene hobbies like gardening and design, but don’t be afraid to try new things if your regular choices are getting a bit stale.

Going out to get a luxury massage has become more a physiotherapy visit for many, but it’s good to remember that in addition to working certain muscles, it can be a full-on experience that is meant to relax and soothe the body from head to toe, even if they don’t touch your head or your toes (although a foot massage can be particularly nice if you have a bit of a kink. And speaking of kinks, if you really want to get into some fun hands-on excitement of the ‘deep tissue’ kind, check out some to find how far some people are willing to go to make you feel good.

Cleaning can sometimes feel like a chore, but if you take the right mindset that you are clearing clutter and simplifying your life, you can make an afternoon of it, and it feel better in all sorts of ways when you’re done. Taking a step-by-step approach that focuses on arranging the room just how you want it – in addition to wiping away dust and mopping (or vacuuming) the floor – will help you relax, and you can also appreciate the physical activity, since any bit of exercise is always welcome. You’ll be surprised what sort of stretching you might get into when reaching under furniture and atop bookshelves.

When it comes to music, you won’t find much popular stuff out there that can help you relax and focus. A banging beat is great for a club or your car, but it is completely worth it to find a great collection of ambient background music. First and foremost, you should know that this style of music is meant to be very minimal, so don’t think something is wrong with your speakers if sounds like some very slow sounds and notes repeating (it’s supposed to sound like that). The English musician Brian Eno is known as the godfather of ambient music, having coined the term with his 1978 album, ‘Ambient 1: Music for Airports’. Sure enough, this album was designed to be played in large spaces (like airports) to help reduce stress and help people relax, even if they aren’t straining to hear the soft piano tones and light vocals. In terms of music to listen to if you are stressed, or while you are meditating, this is top tier list stuff.

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